Homecoming and Family Weekend


Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner and Program

7 p.m., Physical Education Center
2010 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees: Eileen Pronek ’84, women’s tennis; P.J. Yoder, baseball; Jeffrey Merlet ’94, baseball; Shannon Brandt ’94, women’s basketball; Lonnie Walker, men’s basketball.

Cost: $25 per person (This dinner is not included in the student meal plan).
RSVP required

Dave Binder – “1969: The Year That Rocked the World”

7:45 p.m., Crusader Café
From the war in Vietnam, to the first steps on the Moon, through Nixon’s Presidency, and of course, Woodstock, Dave uses the music of such legends as Crosby Stills and Nash, The Who, David Bowie, and The Beatles to paint a picture of an amazing time in our history. Dave’s 1969 show takes the incredible events of 1969 and places them in the context of the music that truly ROCKED THE WORLD.

Casino Night

9:30 p.m., Student Center
Who needs Las Vegas or Atlantic City? Head to Alvernia for all of the fun of a casino without the risk of losing money! Play favorites like Blackjack, Poker, Craps and Roulette to earn a chance at great prizes.



Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Friends Flag Football Game

9 a.m., Turf Field behind Physical Education Center
Come on out for a friendly game of flag football on Alvernia’s beautiful new turf field. Let’s start a “football” tradition at Alvernia’s Homecoming & Family Weekend.

Registration Desk

Open from 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Student Center
Pick up your tickets for the All-Campus Lunch.

College Bookstore

Open from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. in the Student Center.

Field Hockey vs. Messiah

11 a.m., Turf Field

All-Campus Lunch

11 a.m.–1 p.m., Student Center Dining Hall
Join faculty, staff, current students, family, and alumni for lunch. Reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Some of the menu items are: salad bar, assorted pizza, pasta, carving station, full deli bar, waffles, ice cream sundae station, beverages and much more!

Cost: $8.50 per person (students on meal plan do not need a ticket).
RSVP required

Arts and Crafts

1–4 p.m., tent across from the Physical Education Center
Fun for the whole family! We will have “wax hands”, air brush tattoos, hippie group photos, beading, and other fun arts and crafts.

Volleyball Games (Tri-Match) vs. PSU Harrisburg and PSU Montgomery

1–5 p.m., Physical Education Center

Alvernia University Theatre – Short Play

1 p.m., Francis Hall Auditorium
Enjoy a production by Alvernia’s theatre department in the newly renovated auditorium.

Women’s Soccer vs. Lebanon Valley

1:30 p.m., Turf Field

Sister Pacelli Pre-Tribute Social

3–4 p.m., Francis Hall Auditorium
This is an opportunity to socialize and talk about your favorite memories of Sister with alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends.

Sister Pacelli Tribute Program

4–5 p.m., Francis Hall Auditorium
Alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends gather to remember Sister Pacelli and her wonderful relationship with Alvernia’s community.

Men’s Soccer vs. Lebanon Valley

4 p.m., Turf Field


5 p.m., Francis Hall Auditorium
Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Sister Pacelli.

Alumni Awards Ceremony

6 p.m., Francis Hall Auditorium
Join the University community as we honor the Ellen Frei Gruber and Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients (Dominic M. Murgido’79 & Dr. Josephine Elia ’75) at this annual event. A reception will follow in the Student Center as part of the All Campus Reunion.

Family Movie Night – Toy Story 3

6 p.m., Bernardine Hall Lecture Hall
Join Woody and Buzz as they head to the Vern for their latest adventure! Join us for a showing of Toy Story 3 complete with popcorn, snacks and drinks. We’ll even have raffle prizes for Alvernia gear and Toy Story 3 memorabilia. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

RSVP required.

All Class and Department Reunion Program

6:30–8:30 p.m., Student Center
We will be hosting an All Campus Reunion for departments and classes. Visit with the departmental tables and chat with faculty, students and alumni from your major (or minor). Enjoy a casual dinner, drinks, and conversation not only with your classmates, but your friends from your department. Join the Classes of ’65, ’70, ’75 & ’80 as they celebrate their anniversary years.

Cost for dinner is $15 per person
RSVP required.


7:30 p.m., tent across from the Physical Education Center
Watch families or groups made up of 4 to 5 people face off against each other to guess the most popular answers to the survey questions in Alvernia’s live rendition of the famous TV game show! Groups compete to earn the show’s highest point total to earn the grand prize at the end of the game. Don’t worry, even if your group doesn’t take the stage, audience members have the chance to win prizes for correct answers to trivia questions throughout the show!


9 p.m., Francis Hall Auditorium
Experience the performance of the world’s premiere musical improvisation theater company as improve actors and an improve band take the stage at Alvernia. Founded in Chicago, Baby Wants Candy has performed over 2,000 completely improvised unique musical to sold-out crowds from Singapore to Edinburgh. Baby Wants Candy asks the audience for a suggestion of a musical that has never been performed before, and the first title they hear then becomes your 60-minute one act musical….don’t miss the chance for your suggestion to be their newest show!

Start Date: 10/8/2010 4:00 pm
End Date: 10/10/2010 12:59 am
Sponsor: Alumni and The Office of Student Activities
Contact: Register online for Homecoming and Family Weekend events or call 610-796-8212 or email alumni@alvernia.edu
  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.

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